Did you know that you can Choose Happy with a Hobby?
And that a hobby is a great way to switch-off and zone out? Which improves overall health + well-being!
Do you have a hobby? Did you know that having a hobby (or two) is good for you? Have you ever even thought about hobbies being necessary for happiness + health?
We live in such a fast-paced culture that so many of us don’t feel we have time to enjoy a hobby. We are so busy green-juicing, working-out, working, tweeting, facebooking and running errands that we don’t take time to slow down.
If you never slow down, you run out of creative juices and life becomes a chore.
So think about taking up a hobby, reinventing an old one and just taking time to enjoy being peaceful. Choose Happy!
This down-time allows you to stop thinking about a) what you are going to do next or b) work. And it allows you to focus your mind on one specific thing at a time.
Hey, don’t some people call that meditating? Oh yes…it’s that good for you!
So, let’s go ahead and I’ll share some ideas with you…
I like to knit. Now, it does have a purpose and I do get a sense of satisfaction from completing items. But during the knitting process I get to slow down, be and focus on my knitting. My own little Zen world of contemplation.
I like to keep at least two projects on the go at a time. One will be easy, and that sometimes means I slip a movie into the dvd player and double-up my mindless zone out downtime. And then I like a pattern with a twist; a lacy shawl or baby blanket, a cabled Celtic sweater. That keeps me focused on my knitting and nothing else can get into my brain or I lose count + bugger it up!
I love the variety of yarns and I adore the textures and colors. It’s a very kinesthetic experience.
And it also allows me the pleasure of going to the Yarn Store with fellow knitters, sharing in our finds + our victories as we make the yarn submit to our bidding.
Another of my joys is (aka zone out hobby) is cooking. I take deep delight in creating nurturing + nourishing meals to share with loved ones.
And I like to indoor garden (not so keen on the big outdoors because the local critters tend to eat the flowers).
What about you? What simple pleasures are you indulging in? I hope I’ve inspired you to find something to make into a hobby and to start having downtime. Allow your creative self to blossom or you’ll simply become bored with life’s routines.
And hubby? He has his lawn … teehee!